Today, Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will make an investment in, the Android ROM developer company, Cyanogen Inc. The Redmond giant is expected to become a minority investor in a $70 million round of equity financing.
The latest round of funding is said to value Cyanogen Inc. in the high hundreds of millions. Spokespeople from both Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. declined to comment on the matter.
Cyanogen made quite a splash a few days ago when the company's CEO Kirt McMaster told an audience in San Francisco that the company wants to take Android away from Google. The ambitious startup plans to create a version of Android, which isn't dependent on Google Play apps and services.
OnePlus has been quietly developing its own Android 5.0 Lollipop based ROM for its flagship device OnePlus One. After the Cyanogen licensing issues in India which will leave many users unable to update their devices OTA, the company had announced that it will be providing an early build to customers, which will replace the Cyanogen OS on their devices.
OnePlus has now released an ALPHA build of the ROM on its forums, and is available to download and flash right now. The ROM looks pretty much identical to stock Android Lollipop on Nexus devices but with a few minor changes, such as the ability to have either onscreen or physical navigation buttons.
This is an ALPHA build so there definitely are bugs... lots of it, many of which are listed on the forum and others no doubt you'll find while using it. Watch the video below for a Quick preview on the ROM!
We are still waiting for Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update that is coming later next Month. Well, you can try it now on your S5. Sprint's Galaxy S5 Lollipop ROM has been leaked and you can download it now and flash it to your Galaxy S5.
The leaked ROM is a preliminary version (about 1.3GB in size) but it can do basic functionality, including calling and texting. Note that installing this will wipe all data stored in the phone, so make a fresh backup before you install the new ROM. You'll need Odin (3.04 through 3.07) to flash the ROM, it has been rooted with Chainfire.
If you want to download this leaked Galaxy S5 Lollipop ROM, Head to the XDA thread for download and steps on how to flash it on your S5.
If you own the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the model number G920F, then you have probably already received the Android 6.0.1 update, but the question is do you want to try something else? If you know what you are doing and would like to experience Android M on your S6 with a slightly different twist, you can try out the XtreStolite custom ROM.
As per reports, the Android 6.0.1 based firmware is stable and offers an experience that has been "deodexed and debloated." Basically, it's the same stock firmware update from Samsung, but without all the bloatware and Samsung-ish tweaks embedded into it. There's also support for call recording and new quick settings options are included.
Provided that you want to check the XtreStolite ROM out on your S6, just make sure that you have the G920F and not some other version of the smartphone. This is a relatively complicated process for a newbie, so be warned that you may brick your device completely, in addition to removing it from warranty in such a case. As is the scenario with all custom ROM builds, it is advised that you back up your data first with the help of ClockWorkMod or TeamWin Recovery Project. You will also need the help of your PC to complete the procedure. Check out the link below for detailed instructions.
Click the link below for getting access to all the latest firmware for your Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop BETA ROM has been leaked online from the XDA forum, a thread on the developers forum now offers a download link along with a full set of instructions for a manual flash.
So the update seems to be as real as it gets, but unsurprisingly it is an early beta, that just happened to accidentally slip through the cracks. Screenshots seem to showcase a white menu background which looks like a very poor choice as it might cause the Super AMOLED display to draw way more power than it needs to. Hopefully Samsung will address this issue before the official OTA hits.
The leaked version of Android Lollipop does seem to be functioning, but reading through the XDA forum is appears to be riddled with bugs, which of course is expected from a beta not intended in any way for public use.
Samsung is currently testing its Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 To confirm this news, an official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop ROM for the S4 has been leaked online today. The files were posted on a Chinese forum and spread around on XDA. Seems like the Galaxy S4 users will skip the 5.0 Update and get 5.0.1 directly.
The Leaked ROM is packs Android 5.0.1 build and according to the original source should be good for GT-I9500/9502/9508/9508v versions. The nice folks over at XDA have been playing around with the new software for a few hours now and it appears to be a legitimate official Samsung firmware as opposed to the recent Aurora ports of the leaked Note 3 software. A few things need to be noted about the Galaxy S4 ROM, though.
A stock English keyboard is also missing, but that is easily fixable. Other than that the build seems to be doing well in terms of functionality. NFC, sbeam, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G DATA, Wi-Fi, all sensors for motion and light, hotspot function, Multiwindow all seem to be in working order, as reported by various early adopters.